M is away. He goes quite a lot and I always have mixed feelings, not sure if it’s just me but I get a lot done when he is gone, it makes me realise he is rather messy and it’s not just the kids I clear up after. The flip side is I am on my own with the boys 24-7 which can be very, very tiring. For those who read this blog a bit you will know I have early risers, the average is 6 am but it is quite often earlier and both our boys tend to wake during the night, however this morning it was 7.30 – hurrah! and I feel goooooood. Must admit didn’t sleep great as spent night panicking about not getting enough sleep (as you do) but 7.30 am is pretty amazing for our two.
In the back of such a good start, I feel determined to make the most of Sunday. The ‘Shopping Man’ is due any moment with our food delivery, which I only booked yesterday (I LOVE Ocado). We have a chicken on it’s way to roast this afternoon, I have been back reading the ‘52 Weeks, 52 Chickens’ posts at Distracted Gourmet which are great, I haven’t been swayed into Jamie’s ‘Chicken in Milk’ but I have always wondered if it’s any good and I will try some of the other recipes. I am desperate to get old style Sunday lunch a fixture in our house, M is resisting, he hates how food oriented I can be but I was brought up in a foodie family, we ate quite exotic food and I was surrounded by great cooks. I really want the boys to grow up with the ceremony of a big family sit down on Sundays, walks in the afternoon, relaxing together, all of that.
The shopping man came whilst I was writing, so it’s 9.53am and I have ‘done’ the weekly shop, put a load of washing on, made up a half batch of Delia’s Mincemeat to steep overnight, tidied the kitchen, fed and cuddled up with the boys; the Sun is shining and I really do feel great!
Before some photos to liven this rather ‘chatty’ post you will probably realise from my happiness that the builders are not here today. It’s our first day builder free for weeks and we now have windows and a single radiator in the back so it’s not like walking into a dusty freezer, which is a major break through.
I find cooking very relaxing and I love making jams/pickles etc, it’s a perfect Sunday pottering kind of project. Above is stage one of Delia’s mincemeat recipe which is filling the Kitchen with lovely aromas. Last year I made ‘Pear and Ginger suet free mincemeat’ from the River Cottage Preserves Handbook (No 2) which was great but I was inspired by my new book to go back to Delia this year.
Finally, yesterday’s work bench. First glance at my Christmas Fairies which I have been working on for a while. I have managed to get some general photos taken of new shop products so I’ll blog later with the details.
Right, onwards and upwards!